I live to
fly fish. Steelhead are my passion but I fly fish for
anything that swims. I live in North Eastern Ohio
just a short drive from dozens of steelhead streams.
I have fly fished these streams my entire life.
Ohio fly fishing for steelhead keeps getting better each
year. Lake Erie provides the ideal environment to
raise huge numbers of steelhead trout and our fishery is
an Ohio Steelhead Guide. I fly fish or guide
almost every day of the steelhead season. Our
steelhead migrate from Lake Erie to its feeder streams
in October. The Steelhead will remain in the
streams through the winter and the numbers build.
In March and April spawning activity will peak. In
early May stream temperatures will rise and the
steelhead once again migrate back to Lake Erie.
Steelhead fly fishing season starts in Early October in
the lower rivers in Ohio. Our fish stage at the
stream mouths waiting for high water needed to migrate
upstream. These steelhead fresh from lake Erie are
the best fighters of the season. Multiple jumps
are the norm. They are fresh from the depths of
Lake Erie and can be very wary. Most anglers and
guides find these fresh fish difficult. I have
developed my own unique fly fishing techniques and
patterns that work well on these staging fish.
an Ohio Steelhead Guide means I often fish in less than
ideal conditions. November rains that flood the
streams bring in waves of steelhead. So often were
standing in the rain fighting fish after fish this time
of year. Were constantly on the move chasing prime
stream conditions as our stream levels wildly fluctuate
during rainy periods. The crystal clear stream you fish
in the morning might look like chocolate milk by lunch
but the next stream down the line might not come up at
all. This is when local knowledge of our
watersheds pays off.
fishing can be very challenging during the winter
months. Anglers who are up to the challenge are often
rewarded with big fish. I have had days where we have to
keep running back to the car to thaw out frozen gear and
fingers. Sometimes we are plowing thru knee deep snow
and breaking side ice just to get our line in the water.
Sound fun ? If you answered yes, give me a call..
It's what I do and I love the challenge.
Steelhead time in Ohio. During the spring season
our fish migrate to shallow water to spawn. Our
steelhead do not naturally reproduce so there is no
closed season to protect spawning fish in Ohio.
This is Fly Fishing time in Ohio. We can sight
fish from Late March thru Early May. Our fish feed
thru the spawn and some consider this the best time to
I fish year
round and my efforts switch to warm water species during
the summer months. North Eastern Ohio has many great
fisheries waiting for you to discover. Give me a
call and I'll do my best to make your Ohio fly fishing
adventure a memorable one.
fun when you